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12:40 AM ET, December 8, 2008

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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Shelby warns of filibuster of auto bailout  —  With job losses mounting and Detroit's Big Three automakers facing a battle on Capitol Hill over emergency federal aid, President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday predicted more hard times for the U.S. economy before it starts to turn around …
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CNN:
Obama: Days of ‘pork ... as a strategy’ are over  —  (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama issued a warning Sunday to officials around the country who want to fund projects with federal dollars: no more business as usual.  —  In an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Obama said …
Wall Street Journal:
Tribune Prepares for Bankruptcy Filing  —  Tribune Co. is preparing for a possible bankruptcy-protection filing as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter, opening a new front of trouble for the newspaper industry.  —  As Tribune continues discussions with its lenders …
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New York Times:
Tribune Co., in Debt, Could Be Flirting With Bankruptcy  —  The Tribune Company, the newspaper chain that owns The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times, is trying to negotiate new terms with its creditors and has hired advisers for a possible bankruptcy filing, according to people briefed on the matter.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Eschaton
DealBook:
Tribune Hires Advisers to Help Stave Off Bankruptcy  —  Tribune has hired bankruptcy advisers as the ailing newspaper company faces a potential bankruptcy filing, people briefed on the matter said.  —  The newspaper, which was taken private last year by billionaire investor Samuel Zell …
James Nash / The Daily Briefing:
Kilroy wins  —  Now it's official: Mary Jo Kilroy will be going to Washington as the first Democrat to represent any part of Franklin County in Congress in a generation.  —  Final vote tallies released this evening by the Franklin County Board of Elections show that Kilroy defeated Republican state …
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James Nash / The Columbus Dispatch:
Kilroy is headed to Congress  —  Democrat defeats Stivers in 15th Congressional District  —  Now it's official: Mary Jo Kilroy will be going to Washington as the first Democrat to represent any part of Franklin County in Congress in a generation.  —  Final vote tallies released this evening …
Associated Press:   Democrats Pick Up House Seat
Malin Rising / Associated Press:
Krugman: US auto industry will probably disappear  —  STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Nobel economics prize winner Paul Krugman said Sunday that the beleaguered U.S. auto industry will likely disappear.  —  “It will do so because of the geographical forces that me and my colleagues have discussed …
Steve Hildebrand / The Huffington Post:
A Message to Obama's Progressive Critics  —  Five short weeks ago, Barack Obama won a decisive victory against John McCain - winning 365 electoral votes to McCain's 162 and winning the popular vote by 9 million - the largest popular vote margin since....  After a strategy of expanding the electoral map …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Reaction and Open Left
The Independent:
Mark Penn: The man who blew the presidency  —  Hillary had a huge lead in the polls, and a genius running her team.  So how did ‘The Master of the Message’ get it so wrong?  And will he ever admit his mistakes?  Cole Moreton meets... Mark Penn  —  Hillary Clinton was going to be president.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Caroline Kennedy?  Thanks But No Thanks  —  Everyone seems to be salivating because Caroline Kennedy called David Patterson and is apparently interested in the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.  —  It's a truly terrible idea.  —  Her leadership could have been really helpful …
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The Independent:
It's official: Men really are the weaker sex  —  Evolution is being distorted by pollution, which damages genitals and the ability to father offspring, says new study.  Geoffrey Lean reports  —  The male gender is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife …
Guardian:
Revealed: home of Mumbai's gunman in Pakistan village  —  Since the terrorist attacks in Mumbai 10 days ago, speculation has been rife about the birthplace of the lone surviving gunman, Ajmal Amir Kasab.  India and Pakistan have clashed over reports that he came from the Punjab.
Julie Henry / Telegraph:
Words associated with Christianity and British history taken out of children's dictionary  —  Words associated with Christianity, the monarchy and British history have been dropped from a leading dictionary for children.  —  Westminster Abbey may be one of Britain's most famous landmarks …
Discussion: Media Blog
Chicago Breaking News:
Wright visits Trinity pulpit, lashes media  —  For the first time since his retirement last spring, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. returned to the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ this morning with two goals: glorifying God and vilifying the media.  —  In honor of Trinity's 47th anniversary …
Discussion: Don Surber
Stephen Mihm / Boston Globe:
So, you want to save the economy?  —  All you need is a keyboard and a few good ideas.  Inside the influential new world of econobloggers.  —  DURING THE PANIC of 1907, the nation's most powerful banker, J. P. Morgan, brokered a solution to the crisis behind the closed doors of his personal library in New York City.
Seth Lipsky / New York Times:
Defending a Pardon, Protecting His Power  —  AN outcry is erupting over the role the nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder, played in President Bill Clinton's pardon of financier Marc Rich in 2001.  Both from the left and right, blogs are abubble, energized by news reports that Mr. Holder …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Brightest Are Not Always the Best  —  IN 1992, David Halberstam wrote a new introduction for the 20th-anniversary edition of “The Best and the Brightest,” his classic history of the hubristic J.F.K. team that would ultimately mire America in Vietnam.  He noted that the book's title …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Obama's fiscal stimulus: some details  —  I was surprised to read the first plank of Obama's proposed stimulus: … Maybe that is deliberately unglamorous but I was expecting a more dramatic first punch.  Here, by the way, are some simple arguments for energy-efficient buildings.
Abdon Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama defends Republic Windows and Doors workers  —  President-elect Barack Obama put himself on the side of the workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory Sunday:  —  “When it comes to the situation here in Chicago with the workers who are asking for their benefits and payments they have earned …
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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